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Nov 24, 2012 10:00am PST
hiring and more investing and ultimately that's what gets the economy going at a rate that we haven't yet enjoyed so far in this recovery. >> so why? why then, dan, are we feeling this way? you share the view that we are not -- you're not done with the fiscal cliff. we're not going to suddenly solve our fiscal problems. we certainly haven't been talking enough on the spending side. there seems to be movement toward the idea that some people's taxes will go up at the high end. middle class won't see much of a tax increase. why the optimism? are we justified? >> well, i think the typical consumer is not like you and me and our other guests here. the typical median income is $60,000 a year for a family. they're not getting a lot of money from capital gains and dividends. they're not freaked out at the prospect of those going up. they're concerned about what is in their paycheck. paychecks are morsteady than they had been any time the last few years. wages are going up a little bit. the biggest asset that anybody owns is a house. we finally seem -- it's not just the value of sales rising
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Nov 27, 2012 9:00pm PST
>>> tonight, battleground america. the looming fiscal cliff and the fight to save the economy. in his first interview since the big romney loss, i will ask reince priebus if his party is out of touch with the country. plus his plans to fix the gop. >>> plus president obama's tax push. he wants the rich to pay up but is it fair? >>> and one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world, america's pastor, rick warren. he was there at barack obama's first inauguration. will he be there again? we're talking politics, same sex marriage and the "two and a half men" star whose christian conversion has him attacking his own show. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. our big story tonight, countdown to financial doomsday, the fiscal cliff and the clock is ticking. 35 days left before this massive sweeping tax hike. america's now at the mercy of washington, hoping that both sides can end the fighting and make a deal. anti-tax champion grover norquist last night told me he's keeping republicans to the no tax increase pledge they made decades ago. but should his party ba
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Nov 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
well damage the economy. but the air of compromise among some notable republicans is definitely grabbing attention. the republicans' comments quickly caught fire. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> a pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware, i was just elected, that the only thing i'm monitoring is the oath that i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> reporter: gop lawmakers bluntly stating to alert the fiscal cliff, they're ready to break from grover norquist and the pledge he's got most republicans to sign to never raise taxes. norquist waste nod time hitting back on cnn's s"starting point" >> it doesn't pass the laugh test. if you want to go to your voters and say, i promised you this and i'm breaking that problem, you can have that conversation with them. but you don't have an argument with me. you've made a commitment to y
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Nov 25, 2012 4:00am PST
the economy. >> let me direct you there. let me disript you there and read you that quote because this was another part of his answer to gk saying that's a dispute among theologans and it has to do with with the economic comment or the united states. i think the age of the universe has zero to do with hour our economy is going to grow. what do you make of this. >> the reason we have smartphones and televisions is we're able to talk on opposite sides of the content. the classic thing for me is smoke detectors. we understand the nuclear reactions. without that deep understanding we wouldn't have everything that you can touch and see in our viern. so this claim that has nothing to do with the economy is just wrong. i'm not going after anybody's religion. that's not it. just the earth is not six or 10,000 years old. that's not. and furthermore, we rely on this -- on these discoveries for our everyday life, especially here in the developed world. >> bill nye's opinion there. >>> one trucker is lucky to be alive. take a look. that truck is dangling over a highway overpass. we will tell
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Nov 26, 2012 6:00pm PST
economy grew at 4% instead of 2% a year for one decade. the federal government would net $5 trillion. that would pay down all of the debt that obama's accumulated in the first four years. if we had grown at reagan rates of growth instead of obama rates of growth, 11 million americans would be at work today who are out of work. that's how you do it with the most regulations. >> what if we carried along the bush rate of growth of the eight years before bk? >> well, there were three periods of growth or low growth during the bush years. he enlded president bush handing president obama the greatest financial hospital past of most people's living memory. the idea that show the republican economic policies have been this wonder yus success story going back the last three decades is poppycock. >> taxes are not the only policy. when he cut marginal tax rates on gains and dividends from 2002, there was four years of strong economic growth from '03 to '07. what you had was fannie mae and freddie mac making loans they shouldn't have. the federal government mandated loans be made that ought not
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Nov 24, 2012 6:30am PST
service-based economy. well, here we are, and these new service sector jobs aren't paying off, literally. right now a job in the leisure and hospitality sector averages $13 an hour. that's $27,000 a year, if you work full-time. retail, not much better. average hourly rate, about $16 an hour. this is the average. it takes into account everyone from the store manager to the stock boy. let me show you one tier higher, manufacturing. bringing in almost $24 an hour on average. that's a solid $50,000 a year. that's also the median income for u.s. households. education and health services, these are important jobs for society. workers there earn an average of $24.28 an hour and also around 50 grand a year. again, if you work fulltime. then there's the very top. those are highly educated, highly skilled and highly motivated. census data show the top 20% making six figures, pulling in almost half of the income in the u.s. for this american recovery to work we need to have a middle, a big, prosperous happy middle. don't you think? it has defined generations of americans. the question is
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Nov 27, 2012 2:00am PST
clear of the fiscal cliff, derer thompson says it won't necessarily cure the economy. the senior editor of "the atlantic" joins us live in the next half hour. he has an interesting perspective. >>> ambassador susan rice heads to capitol hill this morning to mend fences with three republican senators. john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly a at with her information comments made on several networks that played down the role of terrorists in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. rice maintains she made it clear the intelligence information she had at the time was preliminary. senators have threatened to block her nomination if president obama chooses her to be his next secretary of state. >>> and the obama administration responds to the benghazi attack does not get high marks from americans. the results of a new poll out this morning shows a majority of those questioned, 54%, say they are dissatisfied with the administration's handling of the attack. >>> and the body of yasser arafat was exhumed this morni
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Nov 28, 2012 9:00am PST
and higher which means fewer jobs and that can drag our entire economy down. now, the good news is, there's a better option. right now, as we speak, congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. everybody's. and that means that 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses wouldn't see their income tacks go up by a single dime. 98% of americans, 97% of small businesses would not see their income tacks go up by a single dime. even the wealthiest americans would still get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. so it's not like folks who make more than 250 aren't getting a tax break, too. they are getting a tax break on the first 250 just like everybody else. families and small businesses would, therefore, be able to enjoy some peace of mind heading into christmas and heading into the new year. and it would give us more time than next year to work together on a comprehensive plan to bring down our deficits, to streamline our tax system, to do it in a balanced way, including asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little mo
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Nov 25, 2012 3:00am PST
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Nov 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
everything back to the economy. that's what he did in the primary and that's what he said he was going to do from the beginning. he just executed a plan that didn't work. the very people criticizing him were the people supporting him saying he was going to win. >> we just talked to senator john cornyn, he said he's pessimistic that they will get a deal. >> my view, we all agree that we're not going to raise taxes on people that make less than $250,000, we should take them out of this discussion right now, and continue to fight against any rate increases and continue to work honestly for a better deal. >> that's what the president wants, extend them for everyone under $250,000. i'm curious what you think. do you think that someone like cornyn, someone like boehner is the right leader for the party, or someone more like what cole is saying? >> there is a strategy to putting together a deal and that goes for, in washington, d.c. or, you know, in your private life. and that is you don't give the other side everything they want and then negotiate the rest of the deal. that's sort of a
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Nov 28, 2012 2:00am PST
the u.s. economy. >> and all that trouble in washington started last year with the debt ceiling. remember that fight? the u.s. getting very close to hitting the debt ceiling again. what's the debt ceiling? the u.s. spends between $100 to $120 billion more than it takes in every month, so it has to boor remoney to pay its bills. it will take an act of congress to legally borrow more and rack up more debt. the debt ceiling is set at $16 trillion, 394 billion. last week it stood at $16,268,000,000,000. it could hit a high by february of next year. and now home prices, the recovery in much of the country, new home sales numbers today, we learned yesterday that home prices were up nationwide by 3.6% in the third quarter. that's the biggest rise nationwide in more than two years. but look, all real estate is local. we want to show you the cities with the strongest gains in the past year. home prices in phoenix gained more than 20%. minneapolis home prices rose 9%. there are only two big cities with homes losing value. new york and chicago. they slipped a little bit year over year. wha
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Nov 27, 2012 11:00am PST
bad idea for the economy. the only way to have a stimulus to the private sector is to leave more money in the private sector. the other thing that folks in kentucky don't understand is that why is it a fiscal cliff to cut spending? most people in our state think we're spending too much money up here and we should cut spending. in fact, the majority of congress voted for this sequester. why was it a good idea a year ago and now it is not a good idea. >> on spending and spending cuts, you may have something in common with the president, which i want to get to. you mentioned the people in your great state of kentucky and, look, we know and we're all hoping they're out and about shopping, it is holiday season, and in terms of the timing with this -- with this deal, you know, hopefully getting done before january 1, a lot of people want to avoid the tax increase that will automatically happen as people are paying those holiday bills, right? >> here's my question. if it is bad to raise taxes on everyone, why is it good to raise it on half of the nation's income. everybody says, oh, jus
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Nov 28, 2012 7:00pm PST
our conference meeting i disagreed with him. it will hurt small businesses, hurt our economy. it's why it's not the right approach. >> now, you can agree or disagree with that position. however, keeping them honest, house speaker john boehner and other top republicans trying to justify it in part by playing down the fact that president obama and democrats got a significant boost from voters. >> in politics, there is always a temptation among those who win office to think they have a mandate to do what they will. >> i don't think so because they also re-elected the house republicans. so whether people intended or not, we've got a divided government. >> the american people have also made clear there is no mandate for raising tax rates. >> keeping them honest, president obama campaigned and won on letting taxes go up for the top earners, so his victory throws a little cold water on that claim. democrats gained seats in the senate and the house and recent cnn/rnc polling shows more than 2 in 3 support tax hikes for the wealthy. u.s. a reality that republicans will grapple with from now
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Nov 25, 2012 1:00pm PST
increases and spending cuts next year that could do serious damage to the economy. they also sounded warnings. >> we can and must get an agreement, otherwise, i think first of all the markets are going to start reacting. >> it's not a done deal and it's not a certainty. if congress does nothing, which congress has gotten pretty good at doing these days, we'll go over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: staffers have been working behind the scenes to find common ground to prevent across the board cuts lawmakers say should concern everyone. >> you should be worried, we all ought to be worried whether we are dependent upon other aspects of the federal budget, whether we're worried about the the regulation of food safety, about our borders being secured, about the fbi being supported. >> reporter: democrats and the president want to raise tax rates for the wealthy. republicans don't. though more are now breaking with anti-tax crusader grover nor quist, who got a majority of republican lawmakers to pledge not to support any effort to raise taxes. >> i'm willing to generate revenue, it's fair t
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Nov 21, 2012 10:00pm PST
because of technology, partly because the israeli economy is doing so well. that the reality is, that is a very strong deterrent to the egyptians or to the turks to get involved. >> well, fareed zakaria, what does this mean about iran, the power of iran in the region and the involvement of iran in the region? >> i think it shows the limits. the iranians are bogged down with their ally, syria, i doubt they were very much involved in this in the first place. but it shows you they don't have much of a reach. this has always been the claim that through hezbollah and hamas, that they had a sort of assymetrical power. if the palestinians want peace, they're going to have to make it on israeli terms, right now. >> and do you agree with that? >> well, in part, i mean, one thing i would note, one of the reasons israel has such military predominance is because of the support that president obama has given them on defense matters. you heard the ambassador, several times on the u.s. assistance on the iron dome. and the obama administration has pointed out multiple times that it has really given i
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Nov 24, 2012 10:00pm PST
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Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
agreed we should have a balanced approach to deficit reduction that doesn't hurt the economy and doesn't hurt middle class families. if both parties agree we should not raise taxes on middle class families let's begin our work with where we agree. >> americans are concerned. but divided over the best solution to avoid the fiscal cliff. take a look at an abc news washington post poll that shows 60% of americans support upper income americans having their taxes raised. 37% oppose it. on issue of reducing deductions, 44% support that. 49% oppose it. much like lawmakers they realize there is a big problem that needs to be fixed but divided on how to fix it. >> in addition to the goings on in the capitol there is a big lunch at the white house today. governor romney coming by for a bite to eat. a lot of speculation about what might be discussed at the meal and the possibility of maybe future job? >> jay carney pushed back on that yesterday. the president said there was no suggestion here that he had a special assignment for him. the president invited mitt romney to come to the white house bec
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Nov 24, 2012 11:00am PST
brain dead. >>> and concerns of a lack luster economy sure aren't evident this weekend. shoppers screaming and turning out in big numbers to the stores on black friday, leading many analysts to believe post thanksgiving sales will surpass last year's numbers after all. perhaps. online sales are also up a whopping 21% on black friday. then there's power ball fever. and it's spreading across the country. the lottery jackpot is now $325 million. that's the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history. so if you're feeling optimistic, you have until 10:00 p.m. eastern tonight to buy that $2 ticket. >>> and overseas now to egypt, where opposition to president mohamed morsi is growing. for a third straight day, protesters hit the streets demanding he rescind a decree that gives him unlimited power. we get more now from cairo. >> reporter: outrage, clashes, and anguish in tahrir. thousands of angry egyptians back in a public square that has become the arab world's emblem for the democratic right to protest. this was where egyptians demanded the ouster of former president hosni mubarak l
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Nov 27, 2012 11:00pm PST
faltering economy in europe, the slowdown in china. you know, this could actually be the biggest job generator of anything that's been talked about recently. >> one thing i'm confused by and maybe concerned by also, though, is something that you know well. that the outlines of a deal are pretty clear. there are different options, there are choices, there are tweaks around the edge, but the outlines of the deal are there. and two weeks ago, everyone was saying, erskine bowles, says they're going to get it done. we're hearing people like harry reid say really not so fast. should we be worried? i mean, if you guys know what the parameters are and can't get it done that you're not going to get to the finish line again? >> well, i sure hope not. it would be extraordinarily bad for every american family, bad for american business. and unlike the challenges we faced in 2008 when we had that downturn and the fed and others used, you know, basically unprecedented tools, we don't have a lot of bullets left in the proverbial gun at this point. >> i want to ask you a couple of specifics on the t
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Nov 25, 2012 2:00pm PST
tax cuts, the obama tax cuts that help the economy, and the deficit. raising the ceiling on the debt. my feeing is they probably can go past january 1 but not far past it. and still not fall off the cliff. around january 15th. >> so now if there are to be some real groundwork laid by congress as they return after the holiday weekend, what really needs to get done, if we look at over the next six weeks, even though you say we've got past january 1, what should they try to accomplish this week? >> well, i think they need to start to spell out spending cuts. i mean, the president has made clear what he wanted in the way of additional revenue and there are a couple of different ways of getting there. now the president has to talk about the spending cuts that he is willing to accept. he needs to give republicans cover to come on board. right now, the list of republicans that are willing to come on board is very short. and he's just not going to get there with that list. he needs to talk specifically about how he's going to deal with entitlements. >> and then what happens to the average am
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Nov 26, 2012 10:00pm PST
time protecting the economy? if you're able to gain more revenue by closing special loopholes, and limiting them. and keeping the rate down, so you have better ground control. isn't that a better outcome. >> talk of tax deductions and closing loopholes. a big note on raising tax rates. a lot of talk, but not much real movement, at least for now. as for grover norquist. he told soledad o'brien today, although some republicans are discussing impure thoughts on television, they won't really act on them. >> lindsay graham says i would raise taxes if, and then he lists this incredible list of reforms and entitlements that the democrats would never give him. as i suggested to him, i said, senator you're offering to trade a tax increase for a pink unicorn that doesn't exist. >> whether he does or doesn't bend on taxes, pundits here in washington seem terribly impressed that senator graham and others are talking about going against grover norquist. outside the beltway, most people don't know grover norquist from grover on sesame street. standing up to a lobbyist, even a powerful one is onl
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Nov 28, 2012 4:00am PST
. economy. >>> other top stories for you this morning, former senator and presidential candidate bob dole expected to be discharged from a washington's walter reed army medical center today. an aide says the 89-year-old checked himself into the hospital for a routine procedure and that he's doing well. you might want to put down the pork chop. a new study from consumer reports found 69% of raw pork products in u.s. supermarkets are contaminated by a foodborne bacteria that can cause fever, cramps and intestinal bleeding. researchers say it means we need better hygiene in animal plants. the pork industry questions the methods used in the study. >> wow. >> cook your meat. >> we eat a lot of bacon on this show. >> the country does or you and i personally? >> the country does. and then you and i personally. >> yeah. >> eat a lot of bake be. awe should microwave it before we -- still ahead this morning on "starting point," might be another stand your ground case to tell you about in the state of florida. teenager shot and killed. the murder suspect says, in fact, he was the one who was threate
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Nov 23, 2012 1:00pm PST
from economic growth. i think we can all agree we need more economic growth, the economy has been very slow, too slow, and we need to do better. if we grow at 4% a year instead of 2% a year for one decade, the federal government would get $5 trillion more. that would pay down the entire debt that obama racked up in the first term, that's the way to go, not tax increases that would slow the economy. >> the reason why this is so interesting is it raises a question has to whether there are members of your party turning against you. senator chambliss is not the only one that said something like this, bill crystal said it would not kill the country to raise taxes. are you concerned that elements of the republican party are moving in a different direction? >> no, the good news, and certainly speaker boehner who was just reelected, and the leader of the republicans mick mcconnell have been very clear that they're going into this to reduce covet spending and reform government. they oppose tax hikes, 90% of americans and remembers in congress have made a written commitment to the american
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Nov 24, 2012 2:00pm PST
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Nov 25, 2012 8:00am PST
american economy and maybe if it goes down to the wire the fiscal cliff story will receive 1/10 theed my ya attention as the scandalous saga of dave and paula and john and jill. joining us now here the washington is jane hall. bob cusack, managing editor of the capital nooup the hill. and amy argetsinger. why has it become synonymous with bore dom? >> well, there's no sex with it. that's the bottom line. this story is wild. the petraeus story has gone in a lot of different directions. first he resigns. then we find out why. then we find out about the other woman. the inappropriate e-mails. >> you're saying that barack obama meeting with john boehner and mitch mcconnell doesn't quite get readers as excited? >> not as titillating. >> this is what the election was fought over and yet i have the impression that a lot of the country is yawning but really many of the journalists covering the story are oning. >> there's a story about low how the mighty are falling. privacy, security, while covering the sex. >> are you suggesting that the bigger issues are actually a bit of a shall we say figure
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Nov 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
many experts fear will throw the u.s. economy back into a recession. both congress and the white house are trying to make a deficit reduction deal to avoid the financial chaos. and president obama's reverting to some campaign mode right now to try to make sure things are done his way. our white house correspondent dan lothian is joining us now with new information. what are you learning, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, while senior members of the administration including secretary geithner, chief of staff jack lou also top advisor meeting with -- the president himself trying to sell his vision to the public, but some say it's not a winning strategy. it doesn't take a gps to find the way to the fiscal cliff. much more difficult, finding the off ramp. at the president's first meeting with congressional leaders more than a week ago, there was a sense of optimism. >> my hope is is that this is going to be the beginning of a fruitful process. >> reporter: there was a follow-up phone call with house speaker john boehner, but a much different approach this week. the president's calendar is pack
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Nov 23, 2012 6:00pm PST
see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand, grow stronger and get back to work. everyday you see all of us serving you, around the country, around the corner. us bank. >>> we're back with jack hanna and me, crocodile morgan. save the best for last. this is fantastic. longest tongue of anything i have ever seen in my life. >> what he's doing -- >> let's see his tongue. >> the body temperature -- >> he's feeling i'm hot. >> exactly. >> he feels my warm blood. that's what the tongue is doing. >> these animals, the bite usually lethal. 95%. not venomous. the bacteria in the mouth is what causes it. the komodo dragon, he can bite the deer and follow it for a week, find it dead. this is the water monitor. this lives in the water. the animal's tongue. i don't know why you are picking up on you, not me. you must be hotter than me. this is one of the biggest lizards in the world. >> remarkable creature. >> what's this? >> stay over here. >> keep his head this way. >> whoa. >> remember we talked about the anaconda
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Nov 23, 2012 8:00pm PST
economy. when tackling the fiscal cliff, we should ask ourselves, which are the most ineffective things. >> keep thinking, guys, that down the line here, the chorus over and over is going to be we all pay more and all get less. thanks for being here. we appreciate it. >>> thousands of people paid a lot to do cramming into stores everywhere. you might even be watching this on a new tv, but retailers needed more than hype. they needed red hot cash registers on this black friday. we'll tell you how sales added up today because a lot of jobs are counting on it. in just a few weeks after mitt romney's defeat, the gop is already looking forward to 2016. say it ain't so and there's another bush on the horizon. plus, we're following news of a massive gas explosion in massachusetts. take a look. we'll have details just ahead. hurry in this saturday and sunday for great deals. like the lucid by lg, free. or the galaxy nexus by samsung, free. this weekend, get the best deals on the best devices on the best network. exclusively at verizon. in that time there've been some good days. and some
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Nov 27, 2012 8:00am PST
looking at bills especially because of a shaky economy and tough job market are making americans to feel less financially secure. 32% say paying current or past due bills is the top financial priority according to a new survey from bankrate.com. the stagnant household incomes that we have along with the rising cost of food, health care energy are to blame. if the situation sounds familiar, a few tips. keep track how you spend. knowing where every dollar goes can help you create a realistic budget. identify areas to reduce spending. comparison shop. that could mean buying store brand groceries or choosing a cheaper wireless service. if you want to see a difference, deposit a portion of your paycheck into a savings account. that way the next time unexpected event pops up you'll have a fund to dip into. the faster you get under control, the sooner you save for the future. it's all about organizing and budgeting. >> also if you can't decide between the red one and the blue one don't buy both, maybe. >> right. i'm guilty of that. i hear you. >> allison. thanks so much. >>> to learn more
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Nov 23, 2012 3:00am PST
about spending money this go-around. tell me about that. >> i do. i just feel the economy's getting stronger. and you know, it's just easier than it was last year. >> so, you know, i saw you looking around. what are the items that stand out to you? what are you looking to buy? >> well, today, i'm getting an itouch. >> very cool. and you know the other thing, i did the same story last year, and you talk with these people. you talk to families. this seems to be tradition. after thanksgiving you come out, you shop for black friday and you were telling me the same for you? >> that's correct. it's been a tradition since as long as i can remember that my mother and i would come shopping the day after thanksgiving, just a kickoff to the holidays. >> a lot of people seem to be doing that. fewer people in the store right now than we saw earlier. but the store opened at midnight. we saw some 600 people file into this particular store. a lot of people shopping for deals today. you'll see it, you know, today through sunday. these stores are doing everything they can to get as many people in the
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Nov 27, 2012 9:00am PST
anybody getting excited about the economy heating up a new economic report sends a dire warning about the world's economic health. predicts that europe's economy's going to shrink and the u.s. economy is about to take a sharp turn downward. richard quest from london, tell us about this group. is it a bunch of economists sitting around in an office, dealing with real numbers they're crunching? why the dire predixz. >> no, these are serious, severe people. the organization for economic cooperation and development oecd, the rich country's club. 34 developed countries, that is if your gdp per capita over $15,000. long way of saying, extremely respectable, extremely respected. what they are warning, and i've got the numbers in front of me, take the united states. it said they project the u.s. will grow this year to 2.2%, slow down next year to 2%, before picking up in 2014 to 2.8%. but so much so far, so good. the risk is all in the future. i'm going to read it now. according to the oecd the world economy risk, suzanne, is because of the fiscal cliff in the united states, the cliched phrase, a
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Nov 29, 2012 8:00am PST
hurt our economy and will cost american jobs. republicans have taken action to avert the fiscal cliff by passing legislation to stop all the tax hikes. to replace the sequester, and pave way for -- pave the way for tax reform and entitlement reform. and we're the only ones with a balanced plan to protect the economy, protect american jobs, and protect the middle class from the fiscal cliff. but without spending cuts and entitlement reforms, it's going to be impossible to address our country's debt crisis. and get our economy going again and to create jobs. so right now, all eyes are on the white house. the country doesn't need a victory lap. it needs leadership. it's time for the president, congressional democrats, to tell the american people what spending cuts they're really willing to make. with that i'll take a few questions. >> speaker boehner, why will you not tell democrats what specific spending cuts you would like to see, especially within en titlements? >> it's been very clear over the last year-and-a-half, i've talked to the president about many of them. you can can look at
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Nov 21, 2012 4:00am PST
hostess factory for the wonder bread factory and bakery are really an important part of the economy. so we wish everybody the best. >> hopeful they'll be able -- the people want their jobs. this looks like the people who own the company really wanted to continue to make this iconic brand. >> if investors could buy it maybe they could keep some of those factories running. some of those factories quite frankly are pretty old and inefficient. so we'll see. >> christine, thank you for the update. still ahead we continue to follow the breaking news out of tel aviv the bomb blast on that bus this morning. ruin any chances for a de-escalation which is what they've been talking about. we're going to be chatting with the ambassador stuart holliday ahead. then the republican tradition the iowa straw poll. why is the state's governor saying, eh, kind of useless. talk about that straight ahead. oh no, not a migraine now. try this... bayer? this isn't just a headache. trust me, this is new bayer migraine. [ male announcer ] it's the power of aspirin plus more in a triple action formula to relieve yo
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Nov 28, 2012 1:00pm PST
taxes which we think would be harmful to the economy. and if you look at how much revenue that raises, $68 billion next year, that funds a government for less than a week. and it does potential significant harm to the economy and raises taxes on the very people we are asking to go out and create jobs. >> dick durbin says when you're talking about entitlement reform or cuts in spending for medicare, medicaid for example, he says that's too complicated now. listen to what he said this morning. >> when it comes to medicare, we know that it's going to run out of money in 12 years. whatever changes we want to make should be thoughtful changes not made in the heat of the fiscal cliff. >> can you defer medicare for example -- medicare reform until after you get a deal on the fiscal cliff? >> well, if we do that, wolf, i think what you have to do is also defer the issue of taxes. i think you extend tax rates some time into the foreseeable future whether that's six months or a year and allow us to go through the process where we can deal with entitlement reform and tax reform in regular
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Nov 29, 2012 11:00am PST
we can get these deficit eliminated. get our debt paid down and start growing the economy again. that's not unusual or new to any of us. nobody in the country. so i think the president is sticking to what he said throughout the campaign and as i said 3 million more people voted for him than voted for the other guy. >> with that said, on taxes, if there's any chance on your side, is there any chance on your side to come down to the form of a smaller tax hike on incomes above $250,000 or would you consider keeping rate it is same at $250,000 and raising them only on higher incomes, say half a million or $1 million a year? >> i think it's all part of the negotiations. we know where the president is and that is 250,000. but there are a lot of democrats who voiced back before the campaign 500,000, some say even a million. all of that is going to be negotiated. the president wants 250. if mr. boehner wants to come and offer something different, i'm sure he will do that. but the president stands at 250. which is below even where i was but he won the election. so i'm going to respond to
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Nov 28, 2012 11:00am PST
cliff will hurt our economy and hurt job creation in our country. this is not good for our country. as simple as that and the president understands it. >> they're saying president needs to get in there, needs to negotiate with democrats into line if necessary. is that not happening. are you hearing congresswoman schwartz, from the president as all? >> let me say the administration is keenly interested in working with the senate and the house to get this done. the fact that the president is out and sulactually out in my district on friday morning talking to people what about is at stake for this country, for their families and the nation is something very important for him to be doing. always engaging the voters, the public is an important thing to do. and at the same time we should be and are having broad discussions about how we move forward. what we really need is we need republican leadership. just quoted them, mitch mcconnell and john boehner, to actually be sitting down and saying, look, there are places where we do agree. let's start where we agree. let's begin to have that discu
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Nov 28, 2012 1:00am PST
increases slow economic growth. tax increases take resources out of the real economy and allow the government to grow and grow. that's always a bad idea. that's not a good idea some years and a bad idea others. leeches, doctors don't put leeches on people ever, it's wrong. don't do it. it doesn't make people stronger. raising taxes, taking money out of the economy, damages the economy, kills jobs, reduces opportunities. >> you know, the latest cnn polls that just came out this week say you're wrong. two or three americans, including a majority of republicans, say the fiscal cliff should be addressed with a mix, a mix of spending cuts, yes, but also tax increases and if there's no deal according to these polls, they're going to blame republicans more than they blame the president. all the best evidence right now suggests the public wants to see the republicans compromise on this tax question. so from a political standpoint, is it okay for lawmakers to ignore the pledge that they gave earlier? >> well, the challenge is that the pledge that they made and that every two years comes up
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Nov 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
going farther. the new 2013 ram 1500. ♪ with the best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. ♪ guts. glory. ram. we learned today that the president will be hitting the road campaign style to push his plan to raise taxes on income above a quarter million dollars a year. he'll be speaking friday at a factory in pennsylvania. the house speaker john boehner's office today announcing something similar. congressional republicans holding events in washington as well as back in their home districts to frame the president's tax plan as a threat to new hiring. but some republicans as you know are already hinting they're open to eliminating deductions even if it means breaking that pledge that the lobbyist grover norquist has been getting law makers to sign for years. joining us now to talk about it all, grover norquist, president of americans for tax reform. grover, thanks very much for coming in. >> good to be with you. >> the trend we're seeing now from members of congress questioning or pushing back on the pledge. we've seen it before to a certain degree, but we're see
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Nov 24, 2012 7:00am PST
a very fragile economy. but i'd like to go back to president obama. and he is getting praise from critics even on the right who saw that his first administration, he himself said that in order to be able to influence israel, that the united states needed to create daylight with israel. well, now it appears that he has reversed that position and his position now is that the united states needs to back israel, and as he said over and over and over, israel has a right to defend itself. >> so israel has elections coming up in january. maria, how do you think this is all going to play out in that election? >> i think that this incident, again, like i said in my first answer to you, netanyahu comes out looking very, very strong. and in fact, his opponent, who was as i understand going to announce a run against netanyahu before all of this started, has now backed down, and now it might be too late for him to announce anything, for anyone to announce rung against netanyahu, and he certainly has been strengthened. he showed that he was -- he had the ability to go up against hamas, to defen
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Nov 28, 2012 6:00am PST
economy by $575 million u.s. dollars. they're hoping for that kind of impact again when you see thing s like gollum at the new zealand airport, welcoming visitors. if you fly new zealand instead of a typical safety video, here is what you'll see. >> on the broefing. make sure your belongings are hidden away under the seat before you or in the compartments ahead. >> all travelers must keep a watchful eye on the lighted signs and follow instructions. when the seat belt sign is on, sit yourself down and fasten your seat belt. >> be sure it's low across your hips. >> i would listen to that if they did it that way on american airlines. >> there is a video, carol, that people would actually pay attention to. look at this it's an air new zealand plane freshly painted with the characters from the hobbit that flew over the premiere much to the delight of the crowd. they've really taken ownership of this movie and gotten a little excited about it, like you, carol. >> like me. some people are critical of all the hype, right? >> it's become a bit of a political issue. the government has kicked in o
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Nov 27, 2012 4:00am PST
its forecast for the u.s. economy for this year and next year, and on fiscal cliff negotiations, the oecd said, quote, diseaecisive policy actis needed to ensure that stalemates over fiscal policy in the united states and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession. plunge back into recession the whole world, a very bad, bad idea. >> a lot of menacing terms there. fiscal cliff a menacing term here. now we know we are just under 35 days away before we fall off that cliff. which could lead to deep spending cuts. want to bring in republican senator pat toomey from pennsylvania. he was a member of the deficit reduction super committee last year that failed to agree on a plan. but he's been talking about this issue for a long, long time. good morning, senator. >> good morning. >> we just learned that president obama will be traveling to your backyard on friday to talk about the fiscal cliff and spending, and traveling to pennsylvania right now. is this a welcome visit as far as you're earned? >> as far as i'm concerned the president of the united states is
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Nov 29, 2012 2:00am PST
deficit reduction that doesn't hurt the economy and doesn't hurt middle class families. if we agree that we should not raise taxes on middle class families, let's begin our work with where we agree. >> of course there are some lawmakers who are not that optimistic. they don't think there's enough time between now and the end of the year to get a deal done. nonetheless the president will continue pushing his message. he heads to pennsylvania tomorrow. he will go to a manufacturing plant where he will continue talking about extending the middle class tax cuts, not extending them for the upper class americans. in the meantime, there's pushback from republicans who are saying the president should not be out the road campaigning but back here in washington negotiating. >> dan, i will ask you to look into your crystal ball. president obama is meeting with mitt romney later today. do you have any idea what they plan to discuss? >> you know, there's a lot of speculation about governor romney playing a role in the administration. but the president himself, during his victory speech after he was r
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Nov 25, 2012 5:00am PST
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